Our most visible, self-acclaimed "really rich" presidential candidate has succumbed to the temptation of public taunts, insults and name-calling ["Trump: 'I said nothing wrong,' " News, Aug. 10].

Really, is this the very best we will have to choose from for our next commander-in-chief? This public display of unbridled narcissism and verbal garbage from someone who thinks he is ready for a seat at the table of world leaders is beyond disgraceful and destructive.

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Where does it stop and when is the line crossed when it becomes too toxic and too dangerous?

The real tragedy of this circus of immaturity is the effect it has on our children, who are exposed to this self-indulgent behavior. From the time our children are of reasonable age, we try hard to socialize them with examples of appropriate behavior.

Call them what you will -- "speaking his mind" or "telling it like it is" -- Trump's public rants and insults are nothing more than packaged bullying propped up by the media and those who should know better.

Patricia Bishop-Kelly, Huntington Station